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About Edward Mortimer

Edward Mortimer was chief speechwriter and director of communications to the UN secretary-general Kofi Annan (1998-2006). He is now a Distinguished Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and chair of the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice.

Articles by Edward Mortimer

This week’s editor

Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Choosing the next UN leader should not be left to three people

The secretary-general of the United Nations holds the world in his hands. It shouldn’t be possible to count those who decide who that is on the fingers of one.

Is the UN obsolete? A response to Frank Vibert

The United Nations is and will remain a force for good, argues this senior and influential insider. The charges against it of irrelevance and impotence forget the world body’s ability to manage crises, contribute to regional security, deliver valuable programmes for the world’s poor – and represent a universality of human interest increasingly guided by democracy.

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